If he was even on it, you might be able to scratch Scott Frost off of Oregon’s coaching to-do list. Maybe.
Not long after Mark Helfrich was dumped by the Ducks, Frost’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement. The connection made sense, given the fact that the UCF head coach spent seven seasons with the UO football program as an assistant.
There has been speculation, however, that the Ducks, who haven’t hired from the outside in four decades, may be looking to branch out with this coaching hire.
Even if they were interested in taking the same tack, Frost, at least publicly, is saying he’s not interested in returning to Eugene.
“I’m not a candidate for Oregon,” the 41-year-old Frost said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy right here. This is where I want to be. I started something here, and I feel like we’ve taken a lot of steps to get this program to the top of our league. I want to see that through.”
Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and Florida’s Jim McElwain have been mentioned as possibilities as well. The latter Wednesday denied interest as well.
“I’ve got a heck of a job,” McElwain said as his team prepared to play top-ranked Alabama Saturday. “In case anybody checked, this is the University of Florida. We’re playing in what they call the SEC championship game. It really hasn’t crossed my mind.”